Monday, May 29, 2017

The Lesson of Manchester

It's not a terribly new lesson, but I'd like to point it out. After 9/11, we created the TSA and made it unpleasant for everyone to get on an airplane. This may or may not have been effective in preventing hijacking, but let's assume for a moment that all the searching and groping and scanning is wonderfully effective in preventing weapons from getting on commercial airplanes.

The lesson of Manchester is you don't need to get on a plane, into a secure area, or past a search.

Think about that the next time you're standing in the cattle chutes with your shoes in your hand hoping you don't get selected for extra screening. All those people in line with you haven't been screened yet either. That rolling suitcase the next guy has could be his underwear and socks for a week or it could be another nail bomb like the one at Manchester.

If it's organized, terrorist #1 puts his suitcase on the conveyor and detonates it as it goes into the machine. Everyone in the line that's still intact turns and runs back up the concourse. Terrorist #2 and #3 are positioned at the top of the concourse and wait until the panicked crowd approaches, then set off their suitcases for maximum effect.

If it's really well organized, there's a big truck bomb in one of the ambulances that responds in the chaos of the next half hour.
"A strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means." --Thomas Jefferson


SiGraybeard said...

You can be certain that no terrorist has thought to attempt rolling their suitcase bomb into the TSA line yet. They would have made it.

You can be sure they haven't tried to smuggle one onto and aircraft either. With the TSA missing 95% of contraband in test screenings, it's a mathematical certainty that if it had been tried, it would have been successful or we would have heard about it.

Old NFO said...

There are SO many ways... sigh

ASM826 said...

OldNFO,which is why we have to stop focusing on methods and focus on the threat. On Dec. 8th, 1941, we didn't declare war on airplanes.

Will said...

Nothing much will change, either in Britain/EU, or here in the US, until the relatives/friends of the victims in a terrorist attack storm the center of politics and hang everyone they find. Only then will the ruling class pay attention, and they STILL won't really do much, except to further harden their lairs.
It will require eliminating swaths of their enforcers so that they have no one responding to their demands for heads on stakes and more protection for themselves. Only when they have no more protection than the man on the street, will they take the situation seriously. That, and a steady procession of bodies hanging from lightposts due to their new non-protected status.

I think Jefferson had the right idea. We needed to water the tree of liberty about every twenty years, and that should have been done with bleeding politicians. Alas, we left it go waaay too long.